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1 04, 2017

Review: Online Marketing for Busy Authors by Fauzia Burke

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


online marketing for busy authors book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Fauzia Burke, the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors, is an entrepreneur herself, who started a digital branding and online publishing house for book authors (many of whom are A-list celebrities and actors). Her book includes tips, call-outs, surveys and questionnaires, advice, ideas and suggestions for anyone interested in promoting a book online. The book goes into details on all aspects of book promotion, and covers all online tools necessary for getting the word out about your work product (such as Google Analysis, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Burke discusses the three phases of online marketing for authors. The first phase is becoming organized and developing a personal brand, knowing your goals and learning business priorities.

30 08, 2016

Review: Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Reference, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments


give your child the world book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Some of my sweetest memories from my home schooled childhood was when my mom would gather us around in the living room for reading time. We would be a captivated audience as she read aloud to us. I want to give that same memory and love for story to my children. My mother cultivated in me a love for books and reading. In the journey to helping my children have a well rounded love for books and people, Jamie C. Martin’s guide is my new go-to. Even though my own children are not home schooled, Give Your Child the World is still an amazing resource.

In Give Your Child the World, we are introduced to Martin’s multicultural family—her husband and each one of her three children coming from different countries. In these first few chapters, Martin also gives practical tips and tricks to seamlessly “invite the world into your home”.

31 05, 2016

Review: Digesting the Universe by Nan Lu

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


digesting the universe book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Okay, where to start? Digesting the Universe by Nan Lu is immensely helpful, wholly appropriate and capable of opening the reader’s eyes to a life-changing discourse as to how your body really works, what you should be aware of to live longer, and how you are probably eating all the wrong things that will potentially kill you faster. The book is a bit technical so be prepared to get the nitty gritty on all your bodily functions, including the ever popular metabolism and its impact on weight loss, or the lack thereof.

Digesting the Universe is written in eight sections, with a ninth section/appendix that includes author biographies, references, quoted sources and more. The sections review everything from our metabolism and the relationship between organs, to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the role of the mind and spirit in the metabolic functions. As I mentioned, the book is technical but readers with no prior knowledge of the subject matter will still understand the content. You do, however, need to give this book its full attention–taking notes is helpful too.

31 03, 2016

Review: The Wander Society by Keri Smith

By | March 31st, 2016|Categories: Crafts, Health, Mind, & Body, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction, Reference, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment


the wander society book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

The Wander Society is a call to action. A call to action, an invitation to join an anonymous organization that includes members of the literary community, as well as other famous people. The invitation is to join the society and conduct research. The first page asks a list of questions and invites you to join The Wander Society. The rest of the book describes the organization, provides quotes of inspiration, and ‘how-to’ guidance to home make items to assist you in conducting your research.

“You probably haven’t heard of The Wander Society because its members don’t want to be known.” The premise is intriguing and secretive. The Wander Society invites you to walk and explore. Not walk to the store, or to the bus for work, but to walk aimlessly without a

2 01, 2016

Review: Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups by E. Foley & B. Coates

By | January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Biographies, Gift Ideas, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , |2 Comments


shakespeare basics for grown ups book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

I read an article somewhere recently about some institution that is translating the works of Shakespeare into contemporary English. I say contemporary because Shakespeare’s English is modern. Although, perhaps Shakespeare is a bit dated for the contemporary casual reader (or theatergoer). It could be this idea that led to the writing of Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard. After all, Foley and Coates sum up all of The Bard’s plays with a single sentence synopsis each.

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups is so much more than a simple summary of the man’s plays.  Foley and Coates present exactly what they claim: “everything you need to know about The Bard.” Shakespeare Basics For Grown-Ups is not a dry, pedagogical, pedantic tome of heavy explanation into the meanings

17 07, 2015

Review: The Cartoon Guide to Algebra by Larry Gonick

By | July 17th, 2015|Categories: Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |2 Comments


cartoon guide to algebra book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In his book, The Cartoon Guide to Algebra, Larry Gonick approaches a subject that is often confusing in a humorous and visually engaging manner. While traditional math is usually composed of black and white equations, many students struggle to move from standard arithmetic to the more complicated idea of solving for the unknown.

To assist students who are trying to navigate Algebra, Gonick has created what I would call a cartoon vocabulary book that will put them on the road to algebraic literacy. Most chapters address one or more key functions or terms and explain them in cartoon fashion with humorous illustrations and explanations. I believe this book would be an excellent companion to a traditional textbook, especially if a student is having difficulty grasping specific concepts. The table of contents is specific enough

23 07, 2014

Review: How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days by Roberta Temes

By | July 23rd, 2014|Categories: Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |5 Comments


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Everyone has a story to tell. Such is the basis of Roberta Temes instructional book, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days. Temes spells out and breaks down the process for writing one’s personal story. She provides day-by-day, step by step instructions meant to lead the writer through the memoir process. These exercises take the writer from beginning to ending, to enhancing one’s writing through description, action and dialogue, to polishing for publication.

Temes begins How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days with an introduction as to what a memoir is; by day two, the reader learns how a memoir is different from an autobiography. Some of the exercises are challenging in their simplicity, such as the three-sentence memoir. It is no easy task summing up one’s life in three sentences or less, but this draws one

8 01, 2014

Review: How to Buy Stocks Online by Michelle Price

By | January 8th, 2014|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |0 Comments


12133737-hear-how-an-author-went-from-idea-to-published-author-with-sales-in-two-monthsIf you’re like me, chances are you don’t know a lot about the stock market. You do know, however, that some people are making a lot of money buying and selling stocks from home. Michelle Price’s book How to Buy Stocks Online: For All Experience Levels, Step-By-Step Guidance, and Without a Broker, newly updated for 2014, is an excellent and must-read guide to help you understand what a stock is, how to choose and buy stocks, and how to manage your growing investment portfolio.

Although this book describes itself as “for all experience levels,” it is really designed for the beginner: that is, someone who has never purchased stocks online before. The first third of the book explains how stocks work and how investors make money in simple, easy to understand language. The rest of the book takes the first-time investor through

23 07, 2013

Review: Found in Translation by Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzsche

By | July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Education, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |1 Comment


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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Translation is the art of moving between two (or more) languages as a linguist to provide an integrated interpretation of the words and to offer readers a clear meaning of the text. People who want to enjoy a work of art (such as a play or novel) understand that a translated document needs to be clearly stated to be understood by the majority of people. And a specific few will have the tools to read between two languages to interpret the text properly and enjoy the work in both languages equally.

The authors of Found in Translation describe examples of how translation services work to develop quality translations and the painstaking effort that goes into translating everything from television shows (such as “The Simpsons” into Finnish) to classic works (such as Buddhist

12 02, 2013

Review: Encyclopedia Paranoiaca by Henry Beard & Christopher Cerf

By | February 12th, 2013|Categories: Education, Humor, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , |4 Comments


Encyclopedia-ParanoiacaReviewed by Melanie Kline

The Definitive Compendium of Things You Absolutely, Positively Must Not Eat Drink, Wear, Take, Grow, Make, Buy, Use, Do, Permit, Believe, or Let Yourself Be Exposed to, Including an Awful Lot of Toxic, Lethal, Horrible Stuff That You Thought Was Safe Good, or Healthy; All Sorts of Really Bad People Who Are Out to Get, Cheat, Steal from, or Otherwise Take Advantage of You; and a Whole Host of Existential Threats and Looming Dooms That Make Global Warming, Giant Meteors, and Planetary Pandemics Look Like a Walk in the Park (with Its High Risk of Skin Cancer, Broken Bones, Bee Stings, Allergic Seizures, Animal Attacks, Criminal Assaults, and Lightning Strikes)

Fasten your seat belts for the most terrifying yet superbly hilarious book of a lifetime. A hypochondriac’s dream and a “normal” person’s nightmare, Encyclopedia Paranoiaca is both an awareness